USCG Dockside Exams

The USCG will be in Petersburg from May 12-16 for dockside exams. They will be trying something new this time also and are holding a town hall meeting in the Assembly Chambers on Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm to discuss some of the changes happening in the future and hand out resources available to fishermen from the USCG. They are also bringing the Damage Control Wet training to Petersburg.

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NPFMC Newsletter

The April North Pacific Fishery Management Council Newsletter is out. You can read it here:

http://www.npfmc.org/wp-content/PDFdocuments/newsletters/news415.pdf

Thank you everyone that was able to make the meeting yesterday.

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Governor Wlaker’s Appointees

Yesterday was the joint session between the House and Senate to address the Governor’s appointees to committees. They confirmed Orville Huntington to his seat on the Board of Fish for another three years. Robert Rufner, the Governor’s appointee to fill Carl Johnstone’s seat was not confirmed. Who ever the Goevernor appoints to that BOF seat will hold that seat until next year when confirmation hearings begin again. Ben Brown was confirmed as CFEC Commissioner, however, Verne Rupright was not.

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HOONAH SOUND HERRING FISHERY UPDATE #1

Today, April 17, the department conducted an aerial survey of the Hoonah Sound area. No herring or herring spawn was observed during the survey. A total of 12 sea lions were seen scattered in the Hoonah Sound area including 10 between White Cliff Point and Pederson Point on Moser Island, and 2 at the south entrance to Patterson Bay. Two whales were observed in the mouth of Ushk Bay.

The next aerial survey is scheduled for Monday, April 20.

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Petersburg Moorage and Sitka Water

The moorage prices for transient and short term will be going up in Petersburg. It will be $5 per foot per month for three to six months of moorage, and $6.50 per foot per month for moorage under three months. Long term, over six months, rates are not changing. The rate for the new drive down dock is $2.50 per foot per year.   http://www.kfsk.org/2015/04/09/petersburg-raises-short-term-harbor-fees-sets-drive-down-dock-price/   This one is not fishing related. But it is Southeast AK and interesting. A company in Sitka obtained rights from their borough to sell 9 billion gallons of water a year coming from the borough’s six mile long reservoir. They plan to profit on selling Alaskan water to places like California that are suffering draughts. http://www.adn.com/article/20150414/long-anticipated-bulk-water-exports-sitka-start-summer-businessman-says#.VS8s7pRMIw4.twitter Read more...
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A Few Reminders

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 21 at 8am for the board and 10am for the general membership.   The direct marketing class is also Tuesday, April 21 from 1-4:30 at the Library. The class costs $60 and is meant to teach marketing, the steps to follow to get set up, what your boat needs, packaging, shipping, and more. You can register for the class at psglib.org or call 907-772-3349   The annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held Sunday, April 26 at 2pm at the Fishermen’s Memorial   On Wednesday-Friday, April 29-May 1 from 8:30am-5:30pm there is a Marine Refrigerations Solutions class. Piston and Rudder is offering up space for this. They will cater the class to your system. The link below provides more info to get signed up. http://www.marinerefrigerationsolutions.org/#!class-dates-2015/cmri Read more...
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NPFMC Decision on GOA Sablefish Pots

Here are the decisions of the NPFMC regarding Sablefish Pots in the Gulf of Alaska: Pots will be allowed in all areas of the GOA for Sablefish IFQ Pot limits, at an area level: 120 for Western Yakutat and Outside Southeast 300 Western GOA and Central GOA ID tags for each pot: Pot tags must be attached to a pot before the vessel leaves port and once registered must return to land before being registered to another vessel. As long as a pot returns to shore before being re-registered, pot sharing is allowed Gear cannot be left more that 5 days without moving in the Central GOA and West Yakutat Gear cannot be left more than 7 days without moving in the Western GOA, due to longer run times and larger edges In Southeast gear cannot be left on the fishing grounds when a vessel leaves Read more...
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